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A campus-wide workshop series, the Faculty Peer Exchage brings together members of the faculty eager to share their knowledge and experience in various aspects of research program development with colleagues who seek to learn from them.  Experienced Lehigh faculty members have shown an eagerness to serve as mentors, and those who are developing new projects have benefited from sharing ideas with colleagues.  We plan to cover a variety of topics of interest to members of the Lehigh faculty in all fields of study who are working to build and sustain their research programs and have questions, answers and advice for their colleagues.

Past Sessions

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding

Faculty mentors who have been successful in finding funding from NIH:

Matthias Falk (Biological Sciences)

Kelly Schultz (ChemE)

Susan Woodhouse (Education and Human Services)

Matthias Falk was a reviewer for NIH proposals recently and shared his experience on how proposals are reviewed. His handouts are below:

RO1 Critique Template

Scoring System and Procedure

Overview presentation by Alan Snyder, VP

Tips on NIH Grant Writing article, May 2017

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Finding Funding from the Department of Defense

This year, the agency spotlighted for the workshop was the Department of Defense (DoD).  Four Lehigh faculty members who have been successful in finding funding from DoD presented short talks around topics related to their experience with DoD:

Martin Harmer (MSE)

Jim Hwang (ECE) - presentation

Dan Frangopol (CEE)

Rick Blum (ECE) - presentation

Jim Hwang was a Program Officer at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently and shared his perspectives on how research proposals are solicited/reviewed at that office.  Additional handouts from the workshops are below:

Faculty Peer Exchange DOD 2015 Handout

Recent Update on DARPA Biological Technologies Office

Added on September 8, 2015:

Guide to FY2016 Research Funding at the Department of Defense (DOD)

April 23, 2014
Finding Funding from the Department of Energy

Three mentors (Lehigh Faculty with current awards from the Department of Energy, Office of Science) presented the following talks at the meeting.  A copy of Arnold Kritz's presentation is attached below.  The mentors may also be contacted via email for further information/discussion.

Arnold Kritz (Physics): Overview of the Department of Energy as a funding source for basic research: agency and program highlights including funding from the Office of Science

Israel Wachs (Chem E): Identifying funding opportunities and finding funding at DOE: the DOE proposal development process

Anand Jagota (Chem E): Sustaining long-term funding from DOE and review process for DOE proposals

Copy of Arnold Kritz's powerpoint presentation on Overview of Funding from the Office of Science at the Department of Energy

November 18, 2013
Finding Funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) :  NSF Proposal Development,  Review process for NSF proposals, Experience with different NSF programs, Role of NSF Program Directors - an Insider's view -- with faculty mentors Alan Snyder, (Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies), Dominic Packer (Psychology),  Kathy Iovine(Biological Sciences), Rick Vince (MSE), and Jean Toulouse (Physics)

Notes from mentors

November 13, 2012
Introduction to National Institutes of Health Funding, Session 2: Webinar with Dr. Hunziker, program director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on Grant Writing Tips for NIH Proposals

Power Point Slides used by Dr. Hunziker of NIH at the webinar by her on Nov 13, 2012 , some useful links from Dr. Hunziker's talk are also shown below

NIH Institutes and Centers’ programmatic descriptions


Currently Supported awards at NIH:


NIH – Grants A to Z


Human and Animal Subjects:

Office of Human Research Protections: www.hhs.gov/ohrp

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare: grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw

Budgetary Issues


NIH Peer Review and You


Identifying the best study section


Cover Letters


November 8, 2012
Introduction to National Institutes of Health Funding, Session 1:  Funding mechanisms, Proposal Composition and Review,  with faculty mentors Alan Snyder, (Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies) Kathy Iovine(Biological Sciences), Lynne Cassimeris(Biological Sciences), Dimitrios Vavylonis (Physics), and Matthias Falk(Biological Sciences)

Power point slides of introductory talk by Alan Snyder including links to outside resources.  Links are also copied below.

Reviewer guidelines: grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/reviewer_guidelines.htm

Rock Talk, an informative blog by Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research:  nexus.od.nih.gov/all/rock-talk/

Advice on cover letters:  www.niaid.nih.gov/researchfunding/grant/strategy/pages/4coverletter.aspx